LONG BEACH (CBSLA) – Workers prepare the new Gerald Desmond Bridge for opening day.
The new bridge, which will replace the old Gerald Desmond Bridge, is due to open in October. The old bridge was named after a former Moncton City attorney, but the new bridge has yet to be named.
The bridge connecting Freeway 710 to the shipyards on Terminal Island has been under construction since 2013.
The new structure is 205 feet above the water, 50 feet higher than the old bridge to accommodate larger, greener ships. It is also wider than the old bridge, with three lanes in either direction, and will contain four safety lanes for possible accidents and access for emergency vehicles.